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Fisherwomen bring prosperity to their families

In the poor rural communities of Bangladesh, many women are entirely dependent on their husband’s often meager incomes and frequently have very little say in how the money is spent. Widows, divorced women, and deserted women fare even worse, since…


Women grain vendors bring nutritious stews home

Farm women in Petaka, Mali, sell small amounts of pearl millet, drawn from their family granaries, alongside handmade items at the weekly fair. Pearl millet, a drought-resistant crop, dominates arable land along the fringes of the Sahara desert. With…


Mind the gap

Gender disparities are a pervasive challenge in many lines of work, including farming. Even as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was producing  The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-11, evidence on the importance of…


UN International Day of Rural Women

We know more and more about what our planet faces as climate change intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions lead us on a  probably irreversible  path of global warming and uncertain rainfall patterns, at least for the next four decades. As policymakers…


Gender equality

This blog story by IFPRI senior researcher Lawrence Haddad  was  originally posted on The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network. We have  long known  that empowered women are more able to take decisions that benefit them and their children.…